What our authors have been up to

Part of the ethos of Arachne Press is to celebrate our authors even when they do something with a different publisher.
So here’s a quick round up of what they’ve been doing (that we know about, anyway).
Anna Fodorova recently published her first novel, The Training Patient with Karnac Press.
Bartle Sawbridge has very recently published his novel, A Piece of String.
Bobbie Darbyshire published a third novel, Oz, a while back but we didn’t feature it at the time.
Cathy Bryant is launching her first historical mystery novel Pride & Regicide, a Mary Bennett novel (yes, that Mary Bennett) TOMORROW on facebook
David Mathews has had 3 pieces of flash fiction accepted for the October edition of Flash Magazine, about tea, poetry and love.
Emma Timpany had a pamphlet of five short stories, Over The Dam, published by Red Squirrel Press in April, a result of winning their Sara Park Memorial Short Story Competition in 2013. In July, Cultured Llama Press published The Lost of Syros, a collection of sixteen of Emma’s short stories. She was also shortlisted for The Bristol Short Story Prize 2015; and will be published in the prize anthology on 10 October.
Geraldine Green has been combining being writer in residence at Brantwood in Cumbria with a poetry tour of America.
j.lewis has had literally dozens of poems published since his early outing with us with Grass was Taller in The Other Side of Sleep.
Jennifer A McGowan had some good news – but can’t say what until mid-October. Hmm… intriguing.
Kate Foley was runner-up in the Proms poetry competition and had her poem read by the marvellous Carolyn Pickles on Radio 3. The link here is good for a week or so still I think.
Michelle Shine has a shiny new website: www.michelleshine.co.uk
Paula Read has several projects on the go: she & her daughter, Lily, are putting together an anthology of short stories they’ve written with a French theme. And she’s writing the story of a family member who reinvented herself as an artist after moving to the top of a mountain in Italy! And finally she is working on a story for 11-15 year olds, set in the near future and concerning the fate of dogs.
Pippa Gladhill has a short play WE ARE WEATHER receiving script in hand performance on Monday 19th October  at BORDEAUX QUAY on Bristol Harbourside.


What our authors are up to Autumn 2013

Part of the principles on which Arachne Press is founded is to support our authors work for other publishers, or any other weird and wonderful activities they get up to.

in the spirit of which, a round-up of news.

Michelle Shine has just published her first novel, Mesmerised, which is about the Impressionists and homeopathy. I’ve just finished reading it and it is extraordinary – very convincing on period detail and the flavour of the world she is writing about, and occasionally startling.  Michelle has a ‘trailer’ for the book which you can view on YouTube.

Jason Jackson‘s most recent publication was a story called ‘Change, Rest’ in the July issue of synaesthesia magazine online.  he has an upcoming publication: a story called ‘Queuing, Photographs,. Morning Eyes’ in the December issue of smokelong quarterly and he’s part way through nanowrimo.

Rob Walton has been busy:
May 2013 shortlisted/commended in New Welsh Review’s Flash in the Pen microfiction competition.
June 2013 Short play The Bumps produced by Alphabetti Spaghetti and reviewed here: http://jowheretogo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/review-alphabetti-spaghetti-3-shorts-at.html
September 2013 Highly Commended in the Sara Park Memorial Short Story Competition from Red Squirrel Press,   and two poems published in Let’s Play!, children’s sports and games anthology from Frances Lincoln, editor Debjani Chatterjee.

Lennart Lunh likewise: Short stories — “Nighthawks” (yes, after the Hopper work) was taken by Pages & Spine
“Paris Street; Rainy Day” (Len’s favorite of all paintings) will be in the Fall 2013 issue of Lewis University’s online journal, The Jet Fuel Review, releasing 21 November.
Poetry — Work saw light in The Chaffey Review and The Binnacle over the summer. Chatter House took three pieces for a November anthology, Ffjords one  as a video reading, and a small boatload of other poems have accepted by Writing Knights Press for several of their anthologies over the next six months.
Len is reading at Lewis’ fall open mic on November 15. Traveling to Cleveland November 23 for an evening reading with Writing Knights Press.

Tania Hershman has begun a PhD in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, exploring the intersection between fiction and particle physics.
She read at the Word Factory ghost stories night on Nov 8th in a cemetery! Also, She will be the judge of the 2014 Bridport Prize for flash fiction and a 2014 Gladstone LIbrary Writer-in-residence.

Laura Martz has started the creative writing MA at Goldsmiths.

Andrew Blackman is working on a third novel, and have also had a few short stories published (e.g. in Spark) and book reviews (e.g. in Review 31).

Lennart Lundh and Michelle Shine on Writing Influences

Michelle Shine (Lovers’ Lies) and Lennart Lundh (Weird Lies – due out Sept 2013) talk about influences on their writing

© Arachne Press 2013

Michelle Shine and Lennart Lundh on their writing backgrounds

Michelle Shine (Lovers’ Lies) and Lennart Lundh (Weird Lies – due out Sept 2013) talk about their writing histories

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Literary Events: a guest blog from Michelle Shine

Michelle Shine, author of Skin Deep (Lovers’ Lies) puts her reader’s hat on and goes to other people’s readings and discussions …

meeting authors and eating cake at an Arachne event

meeting authors and eating cake at an Arachne event

Literature is the only art form where fans can regularly get up close and personal with someone who has delighted and entertained them. For the audience this is an incredible privilege with a financial cost of only a few pounds and very often just the price of getting to the venue. However, as the question and answer session gets underway, it can put the author in a vulnerable situation. I remember going to see Sarah Waters in conversation with Russell Celwyn-Jones at Birkbeck University. It was a huge auditorium. I would guess, perhaps five, six hundred people turned up. Things seemed to be going swimmingly until the microphone was taken to a lady at the back of the audience who said that she wanted to congratulate Sarah on a sex scene she’d written where one of the characters says to the other, ‘you’re so wet.’ Not a literary moment that Ms Water’s wanted to be reminded of as you could see by the reddening of her face, but nonetheless one that the woman found memorable, and wanted to share. Such is the arena that a writer enters into when they sign themselves up for such an event.

And sign themselves up they do. Everyone from Martin Amis to Caitlin Moran; lit-fests are not elitist affairs. They embrace writers of all genres. Personally, I am completely hooked. I love going along to these happenings whether they take place in the cool atmosphere of a tent in Charleston in Sussex that was once the home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant of the Bloomsbury Group, or at a school hall in Hampstead, London, or even a small local bookshop. The prospect of listening to an admired writer talking about their writing never fails to attract me. Memories of Andrew Miller languishing in the fruits of his own imagination whilst ruminating about the green suit bought and worn by Jean Baptiste-Baratte, his protagonist in the award-winning novel Pure was, in my view, not only memorable but also alluring. Or listening to Kate Atkinson who after an admission of aspiring to be a ‘romantic novelist’ answers a question that goes someway towards disputing this fact by plucking out a humorous line that could have been from a page in of one of her own novels. ‘Oh, but I am a romantic novelist!’ she said.

And in this way it appears to me that novelists are very special people. Brave characters who embrace humility, who take little conscious credit for their creations and when talking about the process of writing say things like, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing, or where things are going to go next. It’s all such a surprise,’ Kate Atkinson. Or ‘It’s like organised dreaming,’ Andrew Miller. As if writing is not something they actively do but something that happens to them.

Book signings at these events are de rigeur, so not only does a member of the audience come away with the feeling that they’ve just met an interesting and unpretentious new celebrated friend, but they also get the chance to own a handwritten dedication to them personally inside the front cover of one of the author’s bestselling works.

How can you compare this intimate experience with watching a favourite musician in miniscule dimension on the stage at Wembley as they shout across the vast auditorium, ‘Hello London,’ or the fleeting moment when a movie star wafts past you on the red carpet outside Leicester Square, or even the complete absence of an artist’s presence when viewing an exhibition of their work at a major gallery? You can’t. In my experience, being in the presence of a writer who is open and generous with their time has never been a let down and is a much more fulfilling experience, something that should be taken full advantage of whilst the tradition still exists, a real opportunity.

Which books have you read recently? Whose imagination has turned you on? If the work is recently published, the chances are the author will be coming to a venue near you in the not too distant future. It’s definitely worth checking out.

© Michelle Shine/ Arachne Press 2013

Lennart Lundh and Michelle Shine on inspirations

Michelle Shine (Lovers’ Lies) and Lennart Lundh (Weird Lies – due out Sept 2013) talk about the inspiration for their stories, Skin Deep and Antique Shopping

© Arachne Press 2013

Writing Ambitions – three days to go on Kickstarter funding bid

Just thought I’d mention, its three days almost exactly until time runs out on our funding bid. If you’d like to support us, please take a look at the pitch – you can have a laugh at me and Katy being distracted by every butterfly that flew past, and remaining oblivious of the trains roaring by at the bottom of the garden – one of the few decent patches of sun so far this ‘Summer’, a bit like today.

And in the meantime, watch a whole bunch of Arachne authors talk about their writing ambitions…

© Arachne Press 2013

Arachne Authors talk about writing habits 2

Paula Read and Jacqueline Downs like to be in motion

Emily Cleaver writes when her child is asleep

Wendy Gill would like a greenhouse!

Lennart Lundh loves his computer, Michelle Shine loves her writing group

Wood Green reading

wood green alternative navigations (MP3)

by Nichol Wilmor

wood green skin deep (MP3)

by Michelle Shine

wood green mirror (MP3)

 by Cherry Potts

Recordings from our Lovers’ Lies reading at Wood Green library

Lovers’ Lies (and cake) at Daunt Books Hampstead

If you look carefully you can see evidence of lop-sided cake being eaten with every sign of enjoyment, by Michelle Shine, Nathan Good and Richard Smyth who all have stories in Lovers’ Lies, plus James Smyth (London Lies) and Rebecca Payne (forthcoming Fantasy/SF anthology provisionally entitled Weird Lies) Richard and James both have stories in Weird Lies too.

Thanks to Pippa and Sarah at Daunt Books for hosting, to the authors for turning out on a Monday night and to everyone who bought copies of the book!

Arachne Authors chat with the book buying public and eat cake

Arachne Authors chat with the book buying public and eat cake